The Hierophant Keywords
Religion, traditional beliefs, and groups or institutions you belong to.
General Meaning for the Hierophant
The Hierophant is the number five card in the Major Arcana, and astrologically associated with the sign of Taurus. The Hierophant (aka the High Priest) is the counterpart to the High Priestess, representing a healer, shaman, or religious figure – a leader. In a reading, the Hierophant often represents institutions (religious or otherwise) and the values they hold. He reveres tradition, and does things as they’ve always been done. He represents all that is considered sacred, moral, and upstanding. Sometimes it works best to conform and follow the program, and sometimes you just need to trust your gut feeling.
Typically, when the Hierophant appears in a reading, it’s signaling that this is probably not a good time to buck the system or bend the rules. Perhaps his appearance indicates that you prefer to do things by the book in a traditional and orthodox manner rather than being innovative and unconventional. Examine each situation wisely and remember your gut response. What you feel does matter. Perhaps in the future, you can be more unconventional and come up with some beliefs and traditions of your own.
The Hierophant in the Past/Yesterday Meaning
The Hierophant in the past position indicates an association with a group, religion, or cultural upbringing that has shaped your beliefs and values and is the basis on which you continue to conduct yourself. Though you may feel rooted in your beliefs, remember that you are also an individual with your own mind who gets to make your own decisions. Act in a way that feels right to you.
The Hierophant in the Present/Today Meaning
When the Hierophant appears in the present section of a reading, it is confirmation that you may now be open to or presented with a new idea or belief system. You may feel unsure of yourself or what action to take, if any; however, now is not the time to act. Now is time to do your due diligence and gauge your inner beliefs to see what feels right. Take time to form your own individual ideas and opinions.
The Hierophant in the Future/Tomorrow Meaning
When the Hierophant appears in the future portion of a reading, he’s letting you know that there’s really nothing more to do, plan, or put in place. Believe in yourself. You’ve set an intention or made a decision. Have faith that things will work out as they are meant to with regard to the bigger picture. In fact, things will likely get much better.
Love and Relationships Meaning for the Hierophant
If the Hierophant appears in a love reading, he is indicating a desire to have a traditional relationship – one that includes marriage and commitment with someone who possesses similar beliefs or has the same upbringing.
If you’re single and looking for love, you may be seeking a committed relationship with someone whose values match your own. You may prefer an introduction or arrangement made by a family member or close friend rather than meeting someone randomly. Alternatively, you might consider a relationship outside of your culture. Follow your heart and personal spiritual beliefs.
The Hierophant is the card of commitment, so it is an excellent sign for an established relationship. Couples may find themselves becoming more devoted to each other and reaching new milestones in their relationship, such as marriage, a home, or even starting a family. On the other hand, if a committed relationship is less than perfect, The Hierophant made indicate someone who chooses to stay for the children’s sake, if any, or because separation is not accepted in their culture.
Career Meaning for the Hierophant
In a career reading, the Hierophant suggests that the key to continued gainful employment is to conform to the current corporate culture rather than being rebel at work. There is a need at this time to fit in with others and follow the rules. Perhaps you can advance yourself into a position that can be more influential or gain enough experience to follow your own path in the future.
Financial Meaning for the Hierophant
When the Hierophant appears in a financial reading, it’s an indication that the time is right to make monetary decisions or investments. Don’t act on a whim or take chances; seek professional advice. Follow the advice of someone who has a conservative approach to building wealth rather than getting involved in some get-rich-quick scheme. This is not the time to take risks in relation to finances.
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